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Webster 1913 Edition


Beget

Be-get′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp.
Begot
,
(Archaic)
Begat
;
p. p.
Begot
,
Begotten
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Begetting
.]
[OE.
bigiten
,
bigeten
, to get, beget, AS.
begitan
to get; pref.
be-
+
gitan
. See
Get
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; – commonly said of the father.
Yet they a beauteous offspring shall
beget
.
Milton.
2.
To get (with child.)
[Obs.]
Shak.
3.
To produce as an effect; to cause to exist.
Love is
begot
by fancy.
Granville.

Webster 1828 Edition


Beget

BEGET'

,
Verb.
T.
pret. begot, begat; pp. begot, begotten.
1.
To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; as, to beget a son.
2.
To produce, as an effect; to cause to exist; to generate; as, luxury begets vice.

Definition 2022


beget

beget

English

Verb

beget (third-person singular simple present begets, present participle begetting, simple past begot or begat, past participle begotten)

  1. To cause; to produce.
  2. To father; to sire; to produce (a child).
  3. (Britain dialectal) To happen to; befall.

Quotations

  • 1611, Bible (KJV):, Genesis 5:3
    And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: []
  • 2012 February 1, Kathy Gilbert, “Pitching In”, in Chatter Chattanooga, retrieved 2012-09-29:
    Rugby football was created in the early 1800s at England’s all-boys Rugby School. The sport begat American football, Gaelic football, Australian rules football and Association football (aka soccer).

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References

  • beget in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • beget in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913